tow boat

towboat

[toh-boht]
noun
1.
a diesel-powered or steam-powered boat used especially on inland waterways to push groups of barges lashed to it in front or on one side or both.

Origin:
1805–15; tow1 + boat

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towboat (ˈtəʊˌbəʊt)
 
n
another word for tug

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